DUII suspect hits pole, 5 cars, house in Portland

Credit: KGW Reportter Nina Mehlhaf

DUII suspect hits pole, 5 cars, house in Portland

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by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 12:10 PM

PORTLAND -- A drunk driver has been arrested for slamming his Mitsubishi car into a power pole in Southeast Portland, police said.

At about 2:30 a.m., the car jumped a curb near Southeast 101st Avenue and Harold Street. It then knocked over the pole, barreled into two parked cars in a driveway and smashed them up against a home. Some of the windows in the home were shattered.

Three more parked cars on the street were hit and severely damaged. Police said it will be hard to determine how fast the driver was going because there are no skid marks, meaning he did not hit the brakes before the crash.

Police say the driver somehow got out of the wreckage and ran from the scene. They caught and arrested him several blocks away.

Five people live in the home that was structurally damaged. Their bedrooms are all in the back of the house, so no one was hurt, but they were shocked awake.

Neighbors said another similar crash happened in the very same spot about six months ago. They complain that cars drive too fast on Southeast Howard Street, even after a median was recently installed.

Jeffrey Curran, 25, was eventually spotted nearby and taken into custody. He was accused of DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

 

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